Plan Your Visit

Monarch Butterfly

Directions, Address & Contact Info

44843 County Road 19
Odessa, MN 56276

Points of Interest

Each unit of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors a wonderful chance to explore a rare native ecosystem. Although most offer quiet, reflective walks through the prairie with no facilities, several locations have information kiosks, interpretive panels and trails. The ‘Touch the Sky’ unit in Rock County, MN offers trails and several kiosks with interpretive signs for visitors. Other units are in the process of developing visitor contact sites. Check this site periodically for updated information.

Know Before You Go

The tallgrass prairie region is one of extremes. Temperatures can drop to well below -20°F in the winter months and rise above 90°F during the summer; warmer months also bring fast-moving thunderstorms. Please dress appropriately for the season and wear layers. Hats are always a good idea, for warmth and shade. Keep an eye on the sky and check the weather forecast before your outing, as daily weather conditions can bring dramatic change. Warm weather also brings out the mosquitoes and ticks, so bring insect repellent. Prairies, by nature, offer little shade, so sunscreen is always a good idea.